Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? Volume 1 Review

Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Fujino Ōmori

Mixed POV – Jumps between first and third, First Volume in a Series, MMORPG inspired

Note: For the sake of my sanity, I will be referring to this novel by its Japanese title which is Danmachi. (There’s a longer title, but this is the one that is shorter)


Bell’s only motivation to enter the dungeon is to meet girls. Is it wrong? Not entirely, so he thinks. He wanders too far off and gets trapped by a powerful floor 4 monster. Just as Bell is about to give up on the world, he’s saved by the gorgeous, Aiz Wallenstien. Since that encounter, Bell is more motivated to get stronger in order to capture Aiz’s attention. With the help of his goddess, Hestia, will he be able to do it?

 My Rating: 3.5/5 

 Goodreads Rating: 4/5


Danmachi was a very entertaining read. The beginning started out really funny. The descriptions on the females was hilarious. Bell’s age is captured perfectly during the descriptions. Boobs, boobs and more boobs. Haha. And not to mention that Bell is pretty dense when it comes to the girls’ feelings towards him. However, the story itself doesn’t play around with the romance aspect just yet. It’s obvious there is a foundation for them to build on that in the further novels.

Overall I really enjoyed reading the novel. It was funny, an easy read, and fairly descriptive. As I was reading the novel, I kept feeling like I was playing a game. Many aspects of the novel is similar to what you would see in games: maze cities, dungeons, monsters, leveling and loot. Basically the world of Danmachi is pretty much a gamified fictional world. This is pretty cool if you ask me, too bad our world can’t be like this. I would love to recent experience points for finishing tests or doing homework. Anyways, if you like anime or novels like Sword Art Online, and Ready Player One you guys might like this novel, albeit, it’s not as great as the titles I listed, but it’s still pretty good nonetheless.


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